About Us



The FishAmerica Foundation is the American Sportfishing Association’s conservation and research foundation. We unite the sportfishing industry with conservation groups, government natural resource agencies, corporations and foundations to invest in sportfish and habitat conservation and research across the country.

Since 1983, the FishAmerica Foundation has awarded $12.1 million to 1,007 projects in all fifty states and Canada to enhance fish populations, restore fishery habitats, improve water quality and advance fishery research to improve sportfishing opportunities and help ensure recreational fishing’s future.

The foundation is supported by government agencies that share our conservation mission; sportfishing and boating companies investing in fishing’s future; and private foundations looking to protect the outdoors for its lasting enjoyment.

When you support the FishAmerica Foundation, you support nationwide, grassroots efforts to conserve the outdoors and ensure that millions of Americans and our future generations can enjoy recreational fishing.


The FishAmerica Foundation’s mission is to unite the sportfishing and boating industry with non-endemic corporations, foundations and government agencies to invest in fisheries and habitat in the U.S. and Canada.

In support of this mission, the FishAmerica Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations and grassroots, conservation entities to enhance fish populations, restore fisheries habitat, improve water quality and advance fisheries research to improve sportfishing opportunities for millions of Americans and to help ensure that future generations also have the opportunity to enjoy recreational fishing.


Grants Manager
703-519-9691, x247
Fax 703-519-1872

Diane Carpenter
Vice President, Operations and CFO
703-519-9691, x242
Fax 703-519-1872 

With the exception of the Treasurer, the foundation’s board of directors is the same as the American Sportfishing Association.

Chris Megan (Chairman)
Publisher, On The Water, LLC

Zack Swanson (Vice Chairman)
General Manager & Vice President of Sales, Rapala USA

Louis Chemi (Secretary)
COO, Freedom Boat Club

Jim Hubbard (Treasurer)
Former Vice President, Brunswick Marine

Kirk Immens (Immediate Past Chairman)
President, Sportco Marketing, Inc.

Jesse Simpkins (At-Large)
Director of Marketing, St. Croix Rods


Bruce Akin
Chief Executive Officer, B.A.S.S., LLC

Dale Barnes
Division Manager, Marketing, Yamaha Marine Group

Ed Carter
Executive Director, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Thom Dammrich
President, National Marine Manufacturers Association

Dan Ferris
Publisher, Midwest Outdoors

Peter Foley
President, Boone Bait Company, Inc.

Patrick M. Gill
CEO, TackleDirect

Carl Liederman
President, Captain Harry’s Fishing Supply Co., Inc.

Dave J. Pfeiffer
President, Shimano North American Fishing, Inc.

Steve Smits
President, ZEBCO Brands

Ex-officio Members

Dave Bulthuis
Vice President of Government Affairs, Costa Sunglasses

Carey Graves
Vice President of Sales, Daiwa Corporation

Ken Hammond
Chief Executive Officer, The Hammond Group

Phil Lillo
Owner/CEO, Don Coffey Company